AU summit …my take

Summit of the despots taking place in what used to be the smiling coast of west Africa (the Gambia) is going smoothly except for a few malapropos here and there. Case in point is Libya’s Ghaddafi. He proposed the perennial cry of Pan Africanist …the uniting of African states as reported by the point in this story:

The 7th Edition of the Banjul AU Summit is expected to discuss, among other things, the creation of a United States of Africaproposed by Libyan Leader Muammar El Gaddafi.


However Mr. Ghaddafi didn’t find it important to attend the opening session of the summit he is purportedly in Banjul to attend. Angolapress reports that:

Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Kadhafi was absent from the hall at the opening session of the 7th African Union (AU) summit of heads of states and governments, which began in Banjul Saturday, it was observed by PANA correspondents in Banjul.

How do you expect people to respect and debate your proposal if you refused to be in the same room with them. The Libyan delegation is covering for their quintessential dictator by saying that his absence is a protest against a “possible” decision to withdraw African troops from Sudan. Personally I believe that would be catastrophic on the part of the AU unless the United Nations decides to take over their mission. However the operative word here is “possible”. The decision hasn’t been made. Ghaddafi will serve his position well if he sticks around and argue his point. Walking out in protest from a room full of despots will not help you much especially if the issue you are protesting over is still under review and open to debate. No?

Not to be left out of the charade and never one to pass out a chance to lashed out at the west and the united states for that matter, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Ahmadinejad were at their demagogic best in this anglopress piece.

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